Memorial walk, ride honors man fatally struck by van in Waianae
Aitnes Kenan was struck and killed while bicycling along Farrington Highway, near Kaukama Road, in February.
A memorial walk and ride honors the life of the 39-year-old man killed while biking in Waianae.
Aitnes Kenan was struck and killed by a van while bicycling along Farrington Highway, near Kaukama Road, this February.
"What I miss is him calling me.. telling me he loves me.. I miss everything about him," Kenan's wife, Shari Kamaka said.
Community members, along with Kenan's family, walked and rode their bikes from Hookele Street to the crash site.
"I love my dad one-hundred percent," Kenan's 11-year-old daughter said. "Now that he's not here we're all sad to have him gone."
Holding posters that read "Drive Aloha" and "Stop for pedestrians," many in attendance, including the Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL), say they hope this will raise awareness, and push for ways to prevent another tragedy.
"Just make one bike lane on every side of the road.. from Makaha to Nanakuli," Kamaka said.
Hawaii Bicycling League held a solutions meeting following Saturday's memorial walk and ride to seek ideas and hear from the community, first responders, and state representatives about ways to make the roadways safer for all ages and travel modes.
"Unfortunately there has been too many deaths on Farrington Highway-- just last year there we're six pedestrian fatalities," Hawaii Bicycling League's , Daniel Alexander said. "Your car-- if your not paying attention.. looking out for others.. it becomes a weapon."
Last year, pedestrian crossing flags were installed along Farrington Highway, but now the state is planning to pilot another project.
"On DOT's (Department of Transportation) part.. they are going to be adding in signals and flashers at these unmarked crosswalks," State Representative, Cedric Gates said.
Rep. Gates says that pilot project is expected to start sometime this later year.
In addition to the flashing lights, Senate Bill 221 is still pending in the House.
If passed, red light cameras would be placed at intersections where red light violations are a major cause of collisions.
Progress is already being made at the State Capitol, according to Gates, funds have been secured in the budget for needed improvements-- operations and traffic related-- along the Waianae coastline.
As for Kenan's family, they hope no one else will have to go through this type of heartbreak.
"I will always love him.. And I will never forget about him," Kamaka said.